Theresa Andersson - Street Parade
Record Label: Basin Street Records
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Eccentric. Original. Quirky.
That's how best to sum up New Orleans-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Andersson. On her new release Street Parade she takes her unique spin on indie soul and goes a little further. A little more left of center. Album opener and title track "Street Parade," is sleepy, gauzy and languorous. Its charms rest in its colorful and intricate nature.
"Injuns," features more semblance of rhythm and melody but is still quite nocturnal. Even with an array of handclaps, drumsticks and concussive bass, the song still leaves the listener wanting more. By the time "Listen To My Heels" rolls around, Street Parade starts to warm up. And then on "Hold On To Me" things really start to take off. The urban-infused cut is infectious, enveloping and most definitely buzzworthy. If Anderssson can hang her hat on anything, its the power of this song.
After the confusing and odd instrumental "Ruby," Andersson offers up another gem in the form of the yelpy and urgent, "What Comes Next," featuring vocals from Peter Moren of Peter, Bjorn and John. Jubilant, potent and undeniably exciting, "What Comes Next," most definitely should have opened the album. There's a swagger and energy at work here that should have been presented from the very get-go. And that very problem is what makes Street Parade so frustrating. The latter half of the album is easily the strongest, with the brassy "Fiya's Gone," the twinkling "Sleepsong for Saoirse," and the gorgeous "January," all bearing the title as some of the album's stronger moments.
In the end, Street Parade is another enchanting effort from one of New Orleans' most intriguing musicians. While its not nearly as powerful as its predecessor Hummingbird Go, it is certainly a captivating listen and another notch on the belt of the crazy talented Swedish expat.